Friday, November 21, 2014

ahead of the game, shopping style!


You can thank a particularly long 3 hour conference call (where my contribution was approximately 4.8 seconds) for this list, and the obscene amounts of store mailing lists I'm apart of!

Here are some GREAT sales coming up, or just started! Ready, set, SHOP!!!!! I've included some of my favorite items from each  - just to help get you on the right path! Stock up on extra winter clothes while you can.....is anyone else shocked at how cold it's been and it's not even December yet!!!!!


Current/Elliott: Take 25 percent off in store and online. (November 26-December 1) [My Picks: Coated Skinny Jeans, and Leather Biker jacket

Equipment: Take 25 percent off all full price and sale merchandise in store and online. (November 26-December 1) [My Picks: silk blouse with mini stars and Cashmere turtleneck]

Everlane: 100 percent of all November 28 profits will be donated to Everlane's silk factory in Hangzhou, China—specifically towards the beautification and greening of the factory grounds. [My Picks: EVERYTHING! I want one of everything! ;) ]

Intermix: Take 30 percent off all sale items, for savings of up to 70 percent, in-store and online. (November 27-December 1) [My Picks: Rag & Bone Sweater, Equipment plaid blouse, and this black wide brimmed hat (like the one I got in Paris)! ]

Joie: Take 25 percent off all full price and sale merchandise in store and online. (November 26-December 1) [My Picks: Turtleneck Sweater, these AMAZING metallic booties, and this perfume]

Lulu & Georgia: Spend $250 and get 20 percent off with PUMPKINPIE20; spend $500 and get 25 percent off with PUMPKINPIE25; spend $1,000 and get 30 percent off with PUMPKINPIE30. (November 28-December 2) [My Picks: Mr & Mrs Ornaments (WANT!!), Sate pillowhttp://bit.ly/1BVyGZ9 (California Obvi!) and a cozy white throw blanket]

OTTE - Extra 40% off sale!! Starting TODAY, enter 'BlackFridayEA' at check out. 


Thursday, October 30, 2014

things I learned from French women....Lipstick

things I learned from French women......

Let your natural beauty shine through (ie no visible make-up), and add a killer lip - preferably red.

So while I was there I did just that, and every night out since we've been home. Wouldn't you know lipstick isn't scary and it makes me feel like I rule the world.


Here are my current favs! Both are from the NARS Audacious line Rita (left) and Olivia (right). So easy to use - so don't be intimidated! I have a running list in my phone of what I want to purchase next too! Heat Wave by Nars, Nude Vanille by Tom Ford and a few others. What are your go to shades???

[Full vacation recaps coming, had to order a new camera cord.....not sure who ate ours!oy!]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dresses

Soooo many cute dresses on sale at Madewell right now! And they are an additional 30% off!!!! I feel like it's gonna be a bootie, tights, dress fall & winter for me - Time to stock up!!!!


Here are a few of my favorites on sale right now!



And because all the sale is on sale - just enter 'HaveItAll', here are some others that are perfect for the coming colder months!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

thursday treats 10.2



I bought these, I had too. Do yourself a favor go buy them!!!! If you are in the market for some really cute and comfortable flats, get these!!! They are soo flattering! And perfect for Fall!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Crushing on.... Simplicity & Greys


It's hard to deny that Fall temps are on the way (Let's all pause and grieve the end of summer sun & warmth). Harummmph.

I'm passing up on patterns and opting for classic lines, and all forms of grey this fall. From the palest greys/white to the darkest/black. Chunky D'orsay Heels, Simple bags, classic studs, hints of lace & fun flat boots & sneaks!

Have you purchased anything yet for Fall?

Shop the post & some more favorites here:


Friday, September 26, 2014

new digs: Bathroom Update

As some of you know, probably most of you (if we are friends on da' insta) we moved at the start of summer. To say we are in love with our new home would be an understatement, it's very much 'us'!

After getting the keys we had our entire place painted, well, all the common areas. Leaving the bathrooms, and bedrooms as is. They were all neutral-ish colors so nothing like OMG katsup and mustard on the walls (like the living room!) and worked for us.

Now after settling in, I've finally gotten the urge to keep making it ours! We added Bessie about a week ago and now my sights are set on the hall/guest bath. Dark walls, covered floor to ceiling with art. Modern, old, photos, oil paintings. personal moments, vintage family portraits.




Now I know I don't want black walls, it's a small bathroom without any natural light. But I want them dark enough to make the art the focus! But I need to make sure the tile doesn't look crazy bc it is tan in color as is the granite (and those aren't changing).....Here goes nothing!!! Off to the paint store I go :)

Oh and here is our hall bath as it was BM (Before Mikell's, LOL) [The color is a sage-ish green, kinda tany. It's floor to ceiling & it screams Mom/suburbia!]


Thursday, September 25, 2014

2 eggs and Paris


Wow, where in the world did a month go?!?!?!!!!

If you really want to know I can summarize it into 3 quick statements. (1) Impulsively book trip to Europe. (2) Work your a$$ off (teach lots-o-Barre and endless overtime) to increase your shopping money (3) Obsess that you won't have the right outfits to wear in Paris!!!!!!!!!

So yea, that's been consuming my brain for the last month! PARIS (and Amsterdam). This will be my first time to Paris, although 6th time to Europe, never made this stop until this coming trip! And first time to both with my love!!! We are soo excited!  If you know me, you know my type-A is in overdrive, reading researching finding the best places to eat, shop, people watch, explore, stay, eat, shop, fall in love, oh did I say eat yet? or shop? ;)

Have you been to Paris or Amsterdam? Where should I go? Eat? Do? Anything and everything! Please share!!! 

[Oh this picture has nothing to do with Paris....except it's #PFW (Paris Fashion Week) and I saw that Kimye arrived in town...Oh and I like and need to buy it for something funky that's going on in the guest bath!!!Will share soon!]

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DIY - Embellished Sandals

apologies folks, this post should have gone up last week! I neglected the most important button in a post, Publish! LOL But without further ado, a quick and easy DIY!

Early in the summer I started seeing simple embellished sandals all of stores, Instagram and on my friends! My favorite J/Crew pair sold out almost instantly. Not surprising, knowing J.Crew, but even though I loved them, I didn't love the price. So I set out to make my own, on the cheap!

I was able to get the perfect sandal from Old Navy (which happen to be the most comfy ever!!), on sale and jems from a local craft store. I laid out the jems in a few different variations before settling on my favorite. Glue and dry. BAM!



I even made a pair for each of my besties, and now we text before brunch on sandal dibs!!! ;) Go make a pair and enjoy all the warm days left!

Get sandals or similar pairs here:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

'vest'ie!

Vest-ie, like bestie....well maybe not.

But ok, so last year I realllly wanted the camo vest from J.Crew, well I never got it. But now it's at J.Crew Factory, and it's on sale soo.....so I mean it's kismet! Can't wait to wear it!!! ;) (yes, I bought it!) 


I love vests! They make transitioning into cold weather much easier! And then when full on winter hits, you can have a cute extra layer under your jackets! Here are more favorites!!! (Esp that first one, some one get it for me!!!)

Friday, August 8, 2014

this week

this week....

9 Must-Haves for a California Eclectic Home
no correlation to the below. I just like it, and we are finallllly 
starting to shop for a new dinning room!  {image}

I've been loving all the new pre-Fall items at J.Crew. I blame the cloudy weather, and over-AC'd office (which is freezing!). Don't get me wrong I am not wishing colder weather at.all.not.at.all.

I really want this skirt, dainty earrings and this dress. And while we are at it I think I might need to procure this cute charger, since my phone can't seem to last through the day!

Did you see this pregnancy announcement? So cute! (No I am not on that baby-train)

I finally ordered from Fabletics (work-out gear), obsessed! Such great quality! Has anyone else?! Now I want it alllll :)

Hope you had a fabulous week!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Nordstrom Half-Yearly SALE!!!!

My most favorite time of the year!!!! Nordstrom half-yearly sale time, LOL! I always love a good deal, and a sale on fall items prior to fall - Win Win! (All items go back UP to full price after the sale!)

I already placed an order for the Hubs and I earlier this week! If you are a cardmember with Nordstrom you recieved early access! Here are a few of my favorites from this years sale....of which might be on their way to us! :) hehe!

Did you get anything?


Thursday, July 17, 2014

lately

I've been really bad at blogging lately, I'm blaming the warm summer weather! I mean after a brutal winter the last thing anyone wants is to sit at a computer any longer! Am I right?!

But one thing I haven't given up is my completely obsessive pinning!!! Pretty much every commute, and before bed I add more! Follow along to see what is currently inspiring me!


Do you follow anyone on Pinterest that you 'just love'??? Share, I always love following more people!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

let's go shopping - 6/12



1. Copper Mug(s) - It's almost summer, which means I need Moscow mules...Lots, preferably, outdoors on a patio and I think my own is perfect!!!
2. Bauble Bar Metal Studs - yep, I need these!!!!
3. Madewell Denim Track shorts - long bike rides and the seams in regular denim shorts don't really agree with my lady bits (if you catch my drift! LOL) and these cuties aren't gym shorts so I wont feel under-dressed when we enviably stop for drinks!
4. Loeffler Randal Slides - come to jes...ME! easy sandals are my jam this summer!
5. Bauble Bar Tassel Necklace - I haven't purchased a new necklace in forever
6. Target Pouf - I have a pouf, but a house needs two to be complete right? I think so, and my reasoning is our new place is bigger!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

let's go shopping!


  1. Foley & Corina Mid City Tote - I've wanted one of these for as long as I can remember, I think one in navy is just what my closet needs! 
  2. J.Crew Lace Eyelet Top - I can't get enough lace right now, and I mean I am 'Queen of White Blouse' (it's a new kingdom in Game of Thrones, just you wait!) 
  3. Club Monaco Narella Dress - I bought this dress last summer in a blue/white pattern and pretty much wore it weekly. So glad they came back! Now do I add peach or black? 
  4. Loeffler Randall Flats - LR is slowly taking over my shoe closet and I don't mind! I love the style, quality and fit of their shoes! This might be pair #4! 
  5. Madewell Side-Zip Dress - stripes, no brainer! But with zips, how fun!!! 

What is on your shopping list right now? In addition to the above, I also need one more pair of shorts & I'd love some white BF jeans! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

let's go shopping


Black, dark and moody doesn't have to be just for Winter does it?! I will take all of them!!! :) 

Bralette // Sunnies // Ring // Necklace - No longer available on Outnet //

Friday, May 16, 2014

house plants

House plants.

I love them.

My husband, he does not.

We have one fiddle leaf (and a teeeeeny fern), and I keep trying to add more. Why don't boys understand things like girls do?! ;) I love the way they breathe life into a room & add some dimension. I think I'd be happy owning this plant stand with a big ol indoor tree/palm/fiddle in it! ....who will win this battle?!?!!? *evil laugh here*

Monday, April 28, 2014

let's go shopping!


Spring might have decided to skip us this year, so I guess it's ok to 
start thinking of summer clothes & trinkets as well! I think I want them all!
Yes, those shorts might not the first choice for someone about to 
turn 31, but ..... for the beach or whatevs! I like 'em!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

thursday treats


Never in my life have I wanted a pair of pink pumps so bad! Want, don't need, but I mean pinks shoes would be pretty fun to wear for no reason, right?!

Monday, April 7, 2014

do you.....


So, do you?

I'm not really sure I can pull it off. I just don't think that length will look right on me. I really, really want to try. So I'm thinking one of these, inexpensive options might be the first! I really love the right one, it comes in lavender and cream - of which I can't decide!

And then, do I have the appropriate shoe/heeled sandal?! Ahhhh being a girl is tough!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

let's go shopping!

Internet access on the couch should be outlawed!!! HAHA! Some pretties I'm liking for warmer weather!

It's coming right? No seriously, Mother Nature can you call in a 'No Jacket Required day' for me, please?! k. thanks! 



What are you shopping for right now? 





Wednesday, April 2, 2014

under bits

{My silky robe // my fav demi/balconnette bra}

When you are younger there are things you just don't get. By choice or not fully understanding the consequences. We've all been there, done that. Whether it is not ordering that last round at the bar, or perhaps that sweat-pant-to-class phase in college (or maybe you were the head to toe Abercrombie girl...each region had them - what was yours?!), or even drug-store hair adventures with friends. All fun at the time but quite possibly not our greatest moment looking back. 

There is one thing for sure, as I have gotten older I've gained an immense appreciation for quality 'under things' {i.e. Bras, panties, and the like}. Long gone are the sports bras for everything, or VS pink products, or plain nude full coverage bras. Although the later does have a place - never, I repeat never should one wear a lacy bra under a white (or light colored) button down in a professional environment. Not a good look, well unless that is the look you are going for but I'd doubt you are, if you are in a professional corporate workplace to start with. That is where those nude staples come into play. 

Feeling good about yourself, stems from many different places. Maybe it's because I'm 30, but long gone are the cotton items and ill-fitting bras! A day where I don more womanly 'under bits' I feel so much better about  what's ahead! An extra 10 points if the bra and panties match! But I do always try to coordinate!:) It's like my little secret, that no one knows! Sexy bra's and panties aren't just for ...... sig others, they are for you too!!!! 

Bras that fit right {get a bra fitting, life changing!} and make you feel like a million bucks are worth their weight in gold! I recently found some killer brands (on sale) and can't get enough! Now I want to replace my whole arsenal with more! High-end to low end, I've found fit and style matter the most to me. Here are some I might have in my online cart right now (meaning I do!) and need to choose! 



Have you purchased any 'under bits' that make you feel like you could take over the world?!

Shop for yours here:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

things I love... Chambray

Every one needs a chambray shirt! So versatile, so many variations (tank, long sleeve, dark, light). Meaning you can't have just one! 

I've been known to dress one up and wear it to the office! (Tuck into pencil skirt, cuff sleeves, add chunky sparkly necklace and some great pumps!) Always wear them on the weekends - with patterned denim,  ripped denim, Canadian Tuxedo's all the way! 

My oldest most favorite is in dire need of replacement, hello 5 years old! Here are some I've been looking at: 

Do you have a favorite - please share! Do you have multiple, like me?

Shop for your own here:

Thursday, March 20, 2014

loving lately



Vacation. Spring and eventually summer - and curing the winter blues! .... how does Taylor cope? Shop, of course! ;)

Here are a few items, in my closet (or recently purchased, bag being the oldest from last fall!) that I've been 'loving lately'! My valentine did get me that bracelet, he is amazing! Two dresses for vacation, so necessary! And finally some new make-up! For this make-up challenged girl, these have been great additions for me. NARS Tinted moisturizer, evens out my skin tone more than the light power (that never lasts all day) I have been using for years, and has even more SPF than my daily moisturizer - gotta keep the face protected! And I've been loving this bronzer, blush, highlighter combo! I was going to just replace my bronzer but this kept calling my name!

What have you been loving lately (or purchased)?

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

time away


I never intended to take time away from the blog. Apologies. Life. 

If you follow along on social media (facebook or Instagram) you'd know life kept going,slowly. However, even on there, I ebbed and flowed between active posting. In the past month or so life got really busy, and for a while, life got really hard. My blog has always been a place for creative & expressive release for me & not somewhere I want to air my dirty laundry. So, I just stayed away. 

All I can say is, between the pressures of work I think I had a bout of seasonal depression. I was constantly cold (literally, no amount of layers were ever enough! Damn Polar Vortexes) and mentally very melancholy. My days consisted of work, intense workouts (which would break the 'mental' fog), cooking and then rinse & repeat. The 'fog' of winter was real folks. I know it had more to do with internal pressures I was putting on myself at work than anything else, but it was something I couldn't break.

Finally after a few great laughs (&bottles of wine) with some girlfriends and a serious tete-a-tete with the Hubs I started to emerge. And then a couldn't-have-been-more-perfectly-timed vacation - I am free! 

I wake up and the day doesn't seem nearly as daunting. And I'm ready to knock it out every chance I can get! So, get ready..... I'm ready to spew my nonsense on the internet! ;) 



Thank you for the constant support friends!!!

And I need to say 'Hi Mom! and Aunts!!' (They all were requesting more blog posts over these past weeks! HA!) 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Miansai

The other afternoon while shopping in my local Steven Alan (where is scored my Mansur Graviel bucket bag!) I noticed something enticing behind the jeweler counter! They were the Miansai screw cuffs/bracelets! Stunningly simple, well made and right up my ally - of simple items to wear daily!


I am particularly drawn to the rose gold cuff (hint hint, Mr.... Valentines day!!!)! Have you heard or seen these bracelets before?

Get yours here!

About the Brand: Made in the USA! Miansai is a Miami-based handmade accessories brand that began with a single bracelet in 2008, has made great strides since its’ inception. Over the past five years, Founder + Creative Director Michael Saiger has turned his vision into a timeless and tasteful multi-category lifestyle label that is sought after across the globe by fashionable men and women alike.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Karen Walker


Last week while catching up on current events fashion news, on Fashonista.com, I read an article about Karen Walker's new spring eye-wear campaign. I was in love! The images are not only beautiful, the models are beyond stunning! For the collection she drew inspiration from Kenyan artisans, having them design and create special pouches for the glasses. And what blew me away, instead of the traditional hire-a-model route, she used these beautiful ladies as the model!

Above are a few of my favorites! I would love to ask the beauty on top to teach my how to tie a head scarf like that! 

I have a pair of Karen Walkers, which are known for having an incredible high UV protection, and love them! I would really love the top pair for this summer!!! 

Shop the brand: 

*All images via 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sporty

Tennis shoes. Sporty. Not something one would always characterize as fashion forward, however times are changing. I personally have always had a pair of 'chucks' in my closet, and grew-up wearing comfy shoes in the summer with cut-offs (hello, slip on Vans! which are back again, yay!). Especially if your day includes even the tiniest amount of physical activity - anyone else knees/ankles start to ache after a day of walking miles in no support?

But street style from around the web are starting to show us that we don't necessarily need to wait for warmer weather! I am on board 300%, have been known to wear versions of this all winter long to brunch on Saturday!


But of course, who doesn't want options! Lots and lots of options! Whether it's a classic, Van slip-on or New Balance cross trainer circa the 80's, or Nike Air Max's, you can't really go wrong! Have you integrated any tennis shoes into your wardrobe lately?

Here are some great options! Go grab a pair, or two!




Monday, January 27, 2014

Grammy's 2014

Did you guys watch last night? What did you think?

I was underwhelmed. I watched the Red Carpet on E!, then Bey and Lorde perform....then it lost me. Snooze fest. And Downton was calling, so I answered!

I also thought the Red Carpet was kinda boring as well. Many of my favorites to watch....Beyonce, Rihana, Lady Gaga - three powerhouses who always know how to make an entrance were not there. And I really only liked one dress. One dress, how during award season is that possible?!?! Any who, I really liked Rita Ora's Lavin dress. I thought it was perfectly Grammy's. Funky, off-beat, but very glam!


Maybe because I could see myself wearing it. Now your turn, what did you think of the show? Of the Fashion? SPILL in comments, I want to hear!

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

dreams of spring

Winter is in full force, I'm not complaining (swear)! But all my online shopping...err, online window shopping are items to be worn in temps about 70-80 degrees warmer than it is right now.... which is a whopping 4 degrees! Time to start planning a winter escape!


Who has a winter escape planned???!?!?! Where are you going? The Hubs and I are thinking a quick escape to Mexico, sun, sand, endless guac & margaritas!!! 

Friday, January 17, 2014

weekend!

Checking out a bit early this week, going on a little road trip up north for an extended weekend away! Skiing, snow, small town exploring, friends, a great weekend of fun awaits! I've packed the camera so there can be pictures taken....and hopefully I actually use it! :)

What are your weekend plans?! Anyone getting away this holiday weekend?!